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Telling Stories About SIDS - Mothers' Accounts of Loss

Gurbutt, Dawne J. (2003) Telling Stories About SIDS - Mothers' Accounts of Loss. In: Narrative, Memory and Health. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 37-45.

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This chapter explores the way in which mothers talk about their infants and
their experience of grief following the loss of an infant in Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (SIDS). Mothers tell stories about their infant and in defining their
relationship to the dead infant they maintain their own status as mothers. They
recount their experiences of loss following SIDS which indicate the way they
felt about themselves as mothers. They describe the ways in which they
maintain a mothering role following the death of the infant. Mothers include a
variety of objects, people, words and sites in a network that facilitates the
telling of particular stories about the infant. Accounts of the infant and
subsequent sudden death in turn become part of the story of the ‘self’ as
mother. This chapter addresses the importance of remembering the dead in
everyday conversation and how the unique characteristics of SIDS influence
the formation of particular maternal narratives.

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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2009 15:22
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 08:50


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